After a dozen years in Europe—most of them in London—a finance professional and his family were headed home to New York for good, and they were in search of an apartment that had the expansiveness of a house with the convenience of a doorman—not an easy task. But after combing more than three dozen properties, they finally found it: a Rosario Candela-designed prewar duplex with gracious scale and loads of potential. “This is a really rare find,” adds architect Mary Burnham, who assisted the owners in their search. “You just don’t see these apartments very often with this incredible scale.”
Designer Rachel Laxer took that same approach into the husband’s office, which builder Josh Wiener meticulously restored. Its clubby paneling and trim get a jolt from the wild, faceted colors of a bar cabinet by Boca do Lobo. “I never in a million years would say, ‘Oh, that will look beautiful in a paneled office.’ But it does!” the wife says. Wiener’s team, meanwhile, bleached the paneling to brighten the space and installed LED lighting at the top to illuminate the ornate original ceiling, which they repaired and restored.
It’s exactly the kind of home where the owners can settle for the long term with their twin teenage boys. Living abroad, the wife says, “we never had a sense of permanence. This is finally a place we can live in forever.”